The Grimké Sisters: Sarah and Angelina
Sarah Grimké in Fiction
Is this the same Sarah Grimké who is a character in the novel, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd?
Yes! Ms. Kidd used the historical figure of Sarah Grimké to inspire her 2014 novel about Sarah and Hetty Handful Grimké, the enslaved child who was assigned to be the young Sarah's personal maid. The book focuses mostly on the years in Charleston, South Carolina, when Sarah and Handful were living in the same house, and the years before Sarah became an abolitionist, when she was living in Philadelphia and Handful was still in Charleston, plotting her escape. Angelina is a secondary figure in the book. Kidd's novel is a sensitive exploration of the tensions and complicated affection that existed between Sarah and Handful. In Sarah's real life, the slave assigned to her died young and Sarah refused to be assigned another. But the novel captures something that no biographer can do justice to because she lacks the necessary evidence --how Sarah wrestled with the complexities of owner-slave relations. Kidd brings the subject alive.
Also by Louise W. Knight: Two Books on Jane Addams
Why two books about Jane Addams? Because they tell two different stories. For a comparison click on the word, "Writings" in the top menu. Does it make sense to read both? Definitely!